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Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Quick Look Back on 2012

And just like that it's 2013, Happy New Year! 

As soon as the dust settled from Amsterdam's infamous do-it-yourself NYE fireworks display,
I jumped on a plane back to The States to visit with friends + family. 
We're five days into the new year and I just found a quiet moment to reflect on the whirlwind
of last year's experiences, changes and discoveries after a crazy holiday season.
One nice feature of jetlag is feeling productive in the early hours!

Here's a look back on a few of my favorite adventures 2012 had to offer...


Moving back to Holland, starting a new chapter with my Dutchman /// Driving to Ghent with Ellen

 
Tasting locally made treats at the PureMarkt /// Wandering Amsterdam's De Pijp neighborhood

Dancing to gypsy jazz in the forest /// Cycling through Dutch dunes

 
Visiting Friesland for a weekend getaway with my Dutchman /// Boating in France with Mama

 
Celebrating Amsterdam's famed Gay Pride Parade /// Picking apples with new expat friends

 
Soaking up the sun on my Dutchman's boat (!!!) manymany times

 
Stepping into the middle ages  /// Viewing the Van Gogh collection at the Kröller-Müller Museum

Have you taken time to reflect on last year too?
It seems the whole month of January is a good time to let it all soak in.
I've been brainstorming some new ideas for this little blog of mine 
and looking forward to what 2013 will bring.
But for now, it's time to chow down on Mexican food, play scrabble with my Granny
 and hug as many friends as possible... a great way to kick start to the new year!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Around Town: Amsterdam Light Festival

If you've been in Amsterdam's city center this winter, there's no doubt you've spotted at least one huge, colourful light installation. As part of the six week long Amsterdam Light Festival dozens of bright artworks can be seen all over the city... for free!


Luckily, my cycling commute to/from work takes me across the Amstel River,
 offering ample opportunities to view some of the brilliant displays along the water.



We've been lucky with the weather this season making evenings a perfect time to stroll the lights...
I've probably wandered them half-a-dozen times already!

It's safe to say this new festival is now one of my favorite wintertime activities, 
hopefully it will become an annual occurrence. 




Light displays will stay up up until January 20, 2013 
so, if you're in or around Amsterdam this time of year be sure to check it out!
If you have seen the displays, what do you think??